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Singer John Legend Talks Plainly about Black Men in Prison at the Oscars

Singer John Legend Talks Plainly about Black Men in Prison at the Oscars

Singer John Legend, who shared an Academy Award with Common for “Glory,” voted the best original song, spoke out courageously Sunday night during his acceptance speech when he talked about the number of black men who are under correctional control in the U.S. “There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850,” Legend told […]

by · February 23, 2015 · 2 comments · News
Mitzi Miller, editor of Ebony magazine, has resigned.

Ebony Magazine Editor Resigns

Mitzi Miller, who was named editor in-chief of Ebony magazine in April, has resigned after less than a year on the job, officials of Johnson Publishing Company, the Chicago-based parent of Ebony and Jet magazines announced on Friday. Miller, 39, plans to pursue writing for television and film, according to a statement. Miller co-wrote the 2006 book “The Vow,” which […]

by · February 23, 2015 · 0 comments · Business, News
Mirelle Franon-Mendes France, daughter of Frantz Fanon, will speak at a reparations conference in New York.

Frantz Fanon’s Daughter to Speak at International Reparations Conference

Mirelle Fanon-Mendes France, daughter of psychiatrist, author  and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon, will speak at the National and International Reparations Conference April 9-12 in New York City. France, who is president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation, which is based in Paris, will speak about the ongoing colonial status of the so-called French “Departments” of Martinique and Guaddeloupe in the Caribbean […]

by · February 23, 2015 · 0 comments · Africa, News, Politics
Alwyin Lewis, chairman and CEO of Potbelly Corp.

Potbelly Reports Fourth-Quarter Profit

Potbelly Corp., a Chicago-based neighborhood-sandwich shop headed by Chairman and CEO Aylwin Lewis, reported a positive net income based on higher revenues in the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 28, 2014. Potbelly reported a $702,000 net income compared with a net loss of $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter revenues of $84.8 […]

Wal-Mart is raising the wages for 500,000 workers.

Walmart To Raise Wages for Approximately 500,000 Workers

The retailer is the largest private employer of African-American workers in the U.S. By Frederick H. Lowe Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the target of worker demonstrations demanding higher wages, announced on Thursday that it was putting more money in employees’ wallets and pocketbooks. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon wrote in his blog that entry-level workers will receive at least $9 per hour […]

More than one-third of federal prison inmates are African American

Blacks Comprise More Than One-Third of Federal Prison Inmates

  African Americans comprise 34.5% of federal prison inmates, according to data released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent federal agency in the judicial branch charged with setting federal sentencing guidelines, announced in report, titled “Federal Offenders in Prison — January 2015.”  Hispanics held the top spot at 35.2%, followed by whites at 26.9% and other races at 3.4%. […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · News
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said federal prosecutors are not pushing mandatory minimum sentences.

Holder: A Move Away from Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Tuesday said federal drug prosecutors have shifted away from seeking mandatory minimum sentences at record rates. “For years prior to this administration, federal prosecutors were not only encouraged — but required — to always seek the most severe prison sentence possible for all drug cases, no matter the relative risk they posed to […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · News
An online petition drive has been launched to stop Johnson Publishing Co. from selling its photo archive.

Online Petition Launched to Stop the Sale of Johnson Publishing Co.’s Photo Archive

Change.org has launched an online petition drive to stop Johnson Publishing Co. from selling its photo archives. “This petition was created after learning about Johnson Publishing Company’s intent to sell its 5 million images in its African-American photo library that spans over 70 years for $40 million, which equates to $8 per image,” the petition said. The Chicago-based publisher of […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 1 comment · News
Newspaper story concerning the lynching of Ligon Scott.

More About Blacks Lynched in the South

By Frederick H. Lowe The Equal Justice Initiative last week released the report “Lynching in America: Confronting The Legacy of Racial Terror,” which listed 12 Southern states whose white residents were most active in the lynching and burning of African-American men, women and children in order to restore and retain white supremacy following Reconstruction. From 1877 to 1950, 3,595 African […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · News

Affordable Care Act Enrolls 11.4 Million People

  U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently briefed President Barack Obama on the end of this year’s Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. Burwell told President Obama that about 11.4 million Americans have signed up or re-enrolled for quality, affordable health insurance by the February 15th midnight deadline. “We’ve achieved an historic reduction in […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · News